Community Speedwatch Team

 

High Ham Community Speedwatch Team
 
Like most voluntary groups, we are always looking for more volunteers to join us so we can give a better coverage and make our presence felt. Any person wishing to join us to make High Ham a safe place to live can obtain further information from Somerton Police Station or any of the High Ham CSW team.
 
Community Speed Watch (CSW) is an initiative of Avon and Somerset Police and is designed to address local speeding problems in partnership with teams from the villages. There are now around thirty two schemes operating in the South Somerset Policing area with more joining and receiving training. CSW has now spread throughout the UK and road safety is currently one of the Police and Crime Commissioners’ objectives.
 
At the request of High Ham Parish Council, a group of Parishioners volunteered to form the High Ham CSW. It was launched on 26th April 2012. CSW operate at several locations in the village at differing times of the day. As a result of CSW activity, the number of motorists speeding through the village has fallen making our our village a safer place to live which is, after all, what most of our residents desire.
 
Our Community Speedwatch exists to educate and remind motorists that speeding through our village is an antisocial activity and, as such, is unacceptable. It does not entrap motorists or raise any revenue nor is it concerned with responsible motorists who sometimes drift a couple of miles an hour over the limit. All participants are unpaid volunteers, police trained and are highly visible in yellow reflective jackets.
 
Speeds are recorded with registration numbers, description of vehicle, time, date and location. This is forwarded to the police and CSW admin at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, Taunton. Their responsibility in the partnership is to identify the registered keeper of the vehicle via the P.N.C. (Police National Computer). A warning letter is then sent to the offender.
 
Repeat offenders can now be readily identified and they will receive a final notice from the police warning of a future fixed penalty or court action. They may also be added to the A.N.P.R. system (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) fitted to Road Policing Vehicles.
 
Uniformed officers regularly attend our Speedwatch checkpoints and will issue penalty notices where appropriate.
 
Peter Dent